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Intent of the Day: Rest Up

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You might be on vacation but it doesn’t mean you’re coming back refreshed. If you spent your time with family and friends catching up on all the things you miss year-round, you’re not alone. If you’re anything like us, you’re exhausted and that is no way to enter a new year. We’re going to spend the last few days of 2016 trying to catch up on some zzz’s so we enter the new year ready and rested.

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What’s Your Guiding Word For 2011?

At the beginning of 2010 a friend asked me how I would sum up the year ahead in a single word and I answered without a pause: Professional.

Last year was going to be the year I got professional about my writing. That meant cutting out distractions and creating the stability in the rest of my life that would allow me to pursue my writing dreams.

To that end I stopped blogging on Someday Syndrome despite being on the edge of some big-time publicity and minor Internet-success, quit being a Someday Mentor, and left off selling my coaching services. I also started teaching English that gave me a steady income but left me with enough hours to write.

On the fiction front, I took my writing seriously, participated in two courses, wrote regularly, finished a novel and completed the first draft of another one. I also treated writing like work. I took weekends and vacations and found time to move my writing forward even when I didn’t feel like it.

As the year came to a close, I started to think about what would be my guiding word for 2011 and the answer jumped out at me again without requiring much thought: Consistency.

Why consistency? Because although I was taking my writing seriously I wasn’t consistent across the board. I futzed about a lot more than I needed to. I frittered my networking time on things that weren’t at all productive for my career. I had no regular plan or clear measurables.

Being who I am – a planner! – I came up with a plan. I broke my goals out into five areas:

  • Consistent writing (a writer has to write)

  • Consistent submissions (if I don’t submit I’ll never get published)

  • Consistent marketing (people need to know who I am)

  • Consistent eating (I have food-issues that affect my concentration)

  • Consistent exercise (can’t have healthy creativity without a healty body)

I’ve assigned measurable activities to each area for the year, for each month and for each week.

And I track my progress, every day.

It might sound a bit obsessive, but I want to create a habit of success, which means devoting time to my dreams. If I don’t track it, I can’t be sure what I’m doing or what actions produce what successes.

The best part? By being consistent I can take time off without feeling like I "should" be doing something, which is the quickest way to ruin enthusiasm. By tracking myself I see my forward motion and so when I relax I really relax, no guilt.

So, what’s your guiding word for 2011?

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / creepyed

Begin the Beguine

I don’t go in for New Year’s resolutions, but I do have a tradition of looking back to look forward.  I make a little list of what was naughty and nice about the old year, with an eye to better visioning the brightening horizon.  Sometimes, my year-end list is full of places, events, decisions, and experiences.  2009 will forever be marked by people — and poetry.  In ways actual and metaphorical, poetry punctuates not only how I met certain luminous personages in this passing year, but how I shall endeavor to befriend more in the next.

If I’m lucky, 2010, will be memorable as a first leap through the gateway of a habit I hope to form and pass around the circle for time and tides to come.  I confess already to being a little addicted to the intoxicating effect of great poems.  They leave me dizzy, disoriented, even dangerously euphoric.  I used to just inhale, letting the words waft off the page and fly around in my head.  Now things have become more serious.  I’m mainlining:  drawing them right into the bloodstream to wrap about the muscles, wind around the sinews, mixing in my own voice and movements as I learn to recite them aloud. 

Memorizing poems for performance — whether an audience of one or many – is an act of acquiesce.  The words yield to one’s capture, just as one surrenders to their raid on private emotion.  The intimacy born of knowing a poem by heart elevates the experience for the listener, as well.  A certain unlocking is not only witnessed, but felt directly.  And what is it that’s being revealed?  The essential elements of human experience – joy, anguish, love, loss, reverence, fear – viewed through the lens of our self same souls.

I believe it was George Bradley, who said that poems give the impression not of discovering something new, but of remembering something we’ve forgotten.  Poems are ever present within us.  What a lovely concept.

Here is my notion: when the essence of a poem’s rare beauty lives inside of us, it’d be a crime to deny that instant recognition — to others and to ourselves – so, it’s time to start sharing.  Where to begin?  When I think of those who likely have the most to share, yet the fewest opportunities to do so, I think of the elderly.  I plan to spend a good bit of 2010, in assisted living communities, reciting verse, listening to stories, and learning a little more about what life has meant to people walking this familiar life down matchless paths.   Oh, the places we’ll go…who wants to come along?
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Kirsten is one of the gifts I found in 2009.  I want to share my friend with you.  Her first collection of poems has won the Starting Gate Award, and is due out early in the New Year. Treat yourself to a copy.  http://www.finishinglinepress.com/NewReleasesandForthcomingTitles.htm

 

Traces of A Woman

By Kirsten Jones Neff
 
I stand in my daughter’s dark room
and watch the outline of her breath,
the slightest up, the slightest down,
arms and hair across the sheets.
 
Her mouth rests open.
I can see traces of a woman
in the lips and dignity of her chin.
She is my height now.  It is mostly in the legs,
 
long and thin, angled out from under the blanket,
the white arc of her slender foot, toes falling
into a dancer’s pointe.  This milk cream body
is still hers now, only hers, and the dreams
 
that run in twitches along her cheek, are hers as well.
I am scared of the stones that will be thrown
into the still pool of her, of who will touch her,
cling to her, harm her or possess her.
 
I want to lay my own calloused body
over hers, a shell to her egg, and wait  
that way, breathing, slight up, slight down,

until she’s fully grown and strong. 
 

Tai Chi for the New Year

This morning I got a phone call from a student to reschedule his private tai chi lesson. He’s done a lot of that lately, and when I said so he replied that it was a bit hard for him to afford the lessons just now. This particular student is well employed and earning strongly, in fact just the other day he regaled me with a list of electronic goodies he had bought for himself over the holidays, so the exchange got me thinking about the way so many of us spend time and money and the unspoken priorities such choices represent.  

At a time when affording healthcare is a dicey proposition for many of us and the future seems more uncertain than ever, it’s important to examine the investments we make, or don’t make, and perhaps resolve to invest with greater consciousness in the New Year. If we take stock of where we invest our resources—our time, our money, our energy—it only makes sense that we would choose happiness and health over behavior that causes health problems we may not be able treat or leaves us empty and hollow wondering why we did this or bought that.

Financial investments may disappear in a puff of smoke these days, but those made in our health and happiness keep paying dividends no matter what the financial or political climate. Imagine how much sweeter life would be if we could keep our cool most of the time, if our moods rose and dipped with the ebb and flow of days but didn’t soar with irrational exuberance only to crash and burn. Suppose we could appreciate the sublime in life but not get into the kind of trouble that leads to pain and suffering, that we could finally lose the weight we want to lose, finally get in the kind of shape we’ve wanted to be in, and as if that weren’t enough, learn a new and different way of looking at the world—one that breaks all our old habits with little effort and crushes all our old traps like soda cans underfoot.

I’m talking about mind/body practice, of course, and the one I like best is tai chi. Think of tai chi as a kind of internal alchemy, a system founded on a set of guiding principles and deepened by a unique study of body mechanics and energy. This most exalted of the Chinese martial arts is interesting not so much for its self-defense properties, which flower only with long and disciplined practice, but for what it does for the body and spirit. Studies show tai chi can build strength, increase flexibility, boost energy, improve awareness, sensitivity and balance, diminish pain and stiffness, lower blood pressure, boost immunity (), contribute to longevity, and offer us a healthier way of looking at conflict and challenge. It’s ancient, it’s wise, and it’s a real gift. You can see what tai chi looks like, and learn more about its benefits at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUhZp4hd3w

Tai chi was very nearly lost during China’s so-called “Cultural Revolution” when the armies of Mao Tse Tung gelded, killed, or banished its masters. These days the art is practiced worldwide by people of all ages. In this country the New Age movement has done much to spread the word about this wonderful form of exercise, but rising popularity also means the authentic art is threatened with dilution. The original system was created by Chen Wang-ting (1597-1664), a 9th generation member of the Chen family and resident of a small village in the north of China. Chen constructed the system upon a tripod of Daoist thought, traditional Chinese medicine, and proven martial techniques, and the Chen family style still offers the greatest benefits, although it is also the most physically challenging of the different varieties of tai chi.

Daoists believe there is a benign underlying force or intelligence to the universe. They call this force Dao, which means The Way. In the Daoist view opposing forces, yin and yang act upon the world, and tai chi brings them into harmony. Examples of yin and yang include light and dark, male and female, up and down, day and night, hot and cold. The human body is ruled by this interplay, and movements contain both yin and yang elements. Tai chi so directly embodies this worldview that there may be no system of movement anywhere that more closely obeys a particular set of metaphysical rules. I like Daoist ideas so much I weave them into my novels, particularly The Cutting Season, The Crocodile and the Crane, and, forthcoming, Quiet Teacher.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) differs from Western medicine in significant ways. Broadly put TCM costs less and has fewer side effects than its Western counterpart, and may be less effective for certain acute health crises and more effective for other, chronic conditions. TCM sees the body in terms of systems rather than organs. In the TCM model the body is crisscrossed by meridians, channels through which a life force called qi flows like water through a garden hose. Practicing Tai Chi increases this energy, opens the hoses, and aligns them for maximum flow.

China has a long and illustrious martial tradition. Conceived by monks, doctors, scholars and warriors, numerous martial systems were derived from the movements of animals and the forces of nature. Early fighting techniques were tested in combat, and were lost if ineffective. The ones used in tai chi are many of the very best techniques to survive the ages, and what made those techniques martially effective also assures they build strength, immunity and vitality. Learn more about tai chi at http://www.playtaichi.com

A tai chi class is a wonderful experience. It’s usually quiet, it affords you time to pay attention to your body and your thoughts, and it puts you in the company of people whose values support peace and health and longevity. Look for classes at local parks, community centers and health clubs. You may also find classes at martial arts schools, though most often these are given as a sideline to the school’s primary offerings. The best way to know if you’re getting authentic teaching (yes, it matters, the benefits will be much stronger it the teacher is properly trained) is to ask the teacher about her lineage. True teaching is handed down person to person in a very traditional fashion. A qualified instructor will be enthusiastic about her lineage. Evasiveness on the subject is a red flag.

Any reputable teacher will allow you to try a class, usually for free, though she may ask you to sign a liability waiver. If she won’t at least let you watch, leave immediately. Be sure and talk to other students, too. Ask them what they’re getting out of the class, how they feel about the material, the teacher, the schedule, the availability of deeper study, and whether they feel their questions are adequately answered. The atmosphere should be upbeat, positive—peaceful but enthusiastic.

Whether tai chi is right for you or whether you find yoga or one of the other offerings in the rich panoply of Asian martial arts more attractive, do consider an investment in a mind/body practice as a life-affirming resolution for the new year.

2009 Numbers: Part I

While the Chinese, Muslem and Jewish New Year begins on the New Moon and the Astrological New Year starts on the Spring Equinox, there is absolutely nothing energetic, celestial or mythically significant about January 1st except the fact that for some reason, be it political, synchronistic or consequential, all around the world, humanoids and their allies change the name of the year on that inauspicious date. (I agree it’s a very long sentence…)

Time and Space, we are told by scientists and mystics alike, is relative and most likely a human construct anyway, so let’s just play along and join the choir: Happy New Year!

So what is this human construct called “2009” all about?

Let’s start with some numbers. 2009 in numerology adds up to 11 since 2 and 9 yield 11. Usually in numerology we would also reduce 11 into 2 (1+1=2). However, Numerologists call the numbers 11 and 22 Master Numbers. In a sense, they govern the rest of the digits, they are the Masters. Since there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet and 22 Major Arcana cards in the Tarot Deck, we can assign both a letter and a Tarot card to 2009 and further expand on the archetypal nature of the year. The 11th letter in Hebrew is Kaf which means and also looks like the palm of the hand. The Tarot depicts this energy in the card “Fortune.” It is not surprising one can read one’s fortune by looking at the lines carved on the palms of one’s hands.

Is this a year of Fortune? Well, yes and no. Fortuna, the Roman goddess who personified luck, had a grand wheel that span like the looms of the three fates. Fortuna did not always bring good luck. The wheels turn, what goes up must come down. But nevertheless, the root of the Latin word Fortuna is fero – to receive. Since Kabbalah in Hebrew also means to receive, this year surly will teach us how to receive.

This year is about learning how to receive. Make an effort to say yes to opportunities as they arise without judging or second guessing. Luck is like a pet, you need to cuddle it and reinforce it. Whenever you experience a stroke of luck – finding parking, getting to work on time in heavy traffic etc, stop for a second and show gratitude. Don’t take Fortuna for granted, she does not like that…

11 has two 1s facing each other, they are said to symbolize both illumination and self destruction. One 1 makes you high the other low. The wheel of fortune turns, it goes up and down. In the card Fortune, we see three creatures: a monkey who is busy turning the wheel upward, a sphinx trying to keep it stable and a crocodile, the self destructive id, causing the wheel to go down. The only place unaffected by the action and reaction of all that monkey business is the axis. It is calm and still, at one with the One at all times. It is a point in perfect meditation. That is the story the card Fortune tells.

This year is the best year to start a new meditation regime. If you never meditated before, 2009 with its reflective energy is the best time to start and get quick results. Just lie down on your back, close your eyes and put on some monotonous calm music. Set an alarm clock for 10 minutes at first and slowly build up to 20 min. While you lie down, focus on your breath and imagine you are turning a golden wheel around and round with your breath. Inhale to the count of four, keep the breath in for the count of two, then exhale to the count of four and keep the air out for the count of two. Use the breathing to turn the wheel clockwise. Then once you get the groove, focus on the center of the wheel and that is where the best results will start happening. Give it some time, even the Lord Buddha had to sit seven days in meditation before the “special affects” kicked in…

In Hans Decoz’s book Numerology, 11 is described as the “most intuitive of all numbers. It represents illumination; a channel to the subconscious…the 11 has all the aspects of the 2, enchanted and charged with charisma… 11 walks the edge between greatness and self destruction…”

In Kabbalah, 2 and thus 11 is associated with the second sphere of the Tree of Life, Wisdom or Chockma. Wisdom is considered to be the mirror of God, thus a wise person is said to be an individual who sees God in everyone and everything they encounter. It is someone who can truly reflect the divine and bring out the God in each one of us. 11 does precisely that and so will 2009 do to us if we are open. It reflects the 1 (God) back to itself.

This year we have an opportunity to reconnect to our divine essence, the spark of God, the higher self. The next chapter of this divine lesson will occur in 2020, where the second Master Number becomes the Avatar. For 24 hours after you read these words, try to see the divine in every person and every thing you do. It is not easy but very liberating once you succeed. If someone annoys you, let it be, it is really God disguised as that person trying to teach you another aspect of his/her creation.

11, Numerologically speaking, adds up to 2. The great mystic and philosopher Pythagoras asserts it is associated with the quality of relationships. As the old saying goes “it takes two to tango,” this year’s surfboard is called Partnership and that’s what you need when you have an 11 meter swell.

This year focus on all your partnerships and relationships. This numerological assertion is backed with the fact that in November for the first time in 29 years Saturn will be moving to Libra, the sign of partnerships, contracts and marriage. Many people will find themselves coupled, engaged, married or in a new business partnership.

Besides the fact that this is great news to Virgos who had to deal with Saturn transiting in their sign for the last two years, it means that we will all have to focus on our significant others and deal with reevaluating all of our relationships, from marriage to partnerships at work and even to relationships with enemies. Last time Saturn was in Libra was 1980-1982. But more of this later…And now to more acute astrological information: Mercury starts his retrograde motion on Jan 11th right after the Full Moon. Mercury will turn direct on Jan 31st. Since Mercury is the planet of tricks, it is tricky to say how Mercury Retro will affect you personally. I have noticed that the best, funniest, and hmm, most embarrassing synchronicities tend to happen in Mercury Retrograde. Mercury Retrograde is a worm hole between lifetimes, dimensions and parallel lives. It creates short-cuts and destroys them right after. Like the stairways in the corridors of Hogwarts, once used they move away. This means that while communication on the mundane level might be hindered, channeling, dreams, aha moments and all other extra sensory communication will be favored and experienced more frequently. In other words, if you are waiting for a check it might take time, or never show up but if you are waiting for an answer from God it will travel faster then light. Here are a few tips that can help you in the next three weeks:

  • Back your computer files
  • Check your bank statements for fraud or mistakes
  • Take longer to drive to meeting, expect traffic to be heavier
  • Don’t sign contracts if possible
  • Be extra careful from sleeps of tongues
  • Edit and or read emails twice before you send them
  • Revisit old projects, ideas and rework them
  • Be extra careful when downloading and or upgrading programs
  • Don’t buy any new electronic equipment
  • Reconnect to old friends, reconcile rebuild past connections

The Chinese New Year, Solar eclipse and New Moon in Cancer will be on Jan 26th. It is going to be a fresh new start for 2009 and can be viewed as the real beginning of the energies of the year. I hope you all have a great New Year and may everything you need (not necessarily want) come to you in an effortless flow…

 

To be continued in Part II and Part III.

The No More Excuses Resolution

You’ve made the resolution to get your social life back in gear this New Year. Now the only one who can come between you and your no more lonely night’s commitment is yourself.

Sound ridiculous and yet strangely familiar? When choosing to stay in rather than socializing we are too often guilty of making excuses. While a certain amount of alone time can do wonders to replenish the mind and soul, it seems the social interactions we need to rejuvenate are the very ones we deliberately, or unconsciously, avoid.  

Just take 37 year old Deena, as an example. Despite attempts to get together with friends, nearly six weeks had passed since she kept any social commitments. "I have been feeling way too fat to go out," said the 37 year old project manager.

Body image/weight may be "the out" of choice for Deena, but age, marital status, work and fatigue are among the excuses most frequently cited.

Social disengagement, which many of us succumb to at various times in life, can become a vicious cycle with serious implications. In addition to the adverse health effects about which scientists have been postulating for years, reports suggest that some 20 percent of people — roughly 60 million Americans — feel sufficiently socially isolated for it to be a major source of unhappiness in their lives.

The New Year presents an extremely challenging time for many who are coming off the festive holiday highs, wishing they could hibernate like bears until after that dreaded V-Day. To maintain connectedness and prevent prolonged bouts of isolation, we must learn to recognize and stop making self-imposed restrictions. So the next time you find yourself resorting to the comforts of your couch (or office), here are some tips that will help you get out the door:

Excuse #1: "I have too much work:" – If long hours start threatening your personal life, you may be using work as an escape to fill a void in your life. Contrary to what you may think, the more time you "put in" may actually be hindering your productivity.
 
Social Fix:
To achieve better life balance, try setting and sticking to ground rules, like devoting one or two nights a week to friends or other group activities.  If that’s not enough, make a commitment upfront that you simply cannot back out from doing specific activities, like registering to volunteer or signing up for a course that you paid for for in advance.
 
Excuse #2: "I feel too fat:"
– We hate to break it to you but "fat" is not a feeling. It’s often a defense mechanism used when other emotions have us feeling overwhelmed and negatively impact decision making.
 
Social Fix:
Try practicing H.A.L.T.  The acronym, which stands for "Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired" is a behavioral technique which will help you identify when feelings/states of mind spin out of control. Taking a little time to ask yourself if you are feeling too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, will get you in touch with your feelings. From there you can take the steps needed (rest, eat, work out, meditate, connect…) to change your outlook.
 
Excuse #3:
"I am afraid to go alone:" – When it comes to going out solo, most of us have a distorted set of beliefs, which cause us to place ourselves within the social misfit category.
 
Social Fix:
The only way to break out of your comfort zone is to take action. Start small with something fun and simple like a drink at an Irish pub or going to a movie, and keep challenging yourself to tackle new situations alone on a regular basis. Once you start venturing out there you will realize that following your own agenda is empowering, a great way to meet new people and a confidence booster that will help you in all aspects of your life.
 
Excuse #4: "I am too tired:"
– It’s easy to bail on friends when you are feeling fried but being social does not have to involve a wild night out on the town
 
Social Rx:
Enjoying a quiet night in with others can be just as rewarding and far less taxing on your body. If you are looking for a stay-in activity that’s casual, relaxing and cheap, consider having a revolving potluck dinner or poker night with some of your friends each week.  As for those wild nights, there is nothing like a 30 minute “disco nap” to get your energies restored!

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A Closer Look at Your Resolutions

From the time I could link a few sentences together to form my first stories in elementary school to the all-nighters I pulled as a college English major, writing paper after paper on Shakespeare, Milton, Bronte, Thoreau, and the like, countless teachers implored me, repeatedly, to "write what you know." Those marching orders remain the driving force behind what I write today for this Web site and my own, OmGal.com.  With more than 13 years of experience as a yogi, nearly 9 as a teacher, the topic of yoga lays the foundation for what I aim to cover; however, these reflections are also peppered with ruminations on everything from recipes to the Red Sox, going green to getting massages, break ups and bargain shopping (you’ll just have to take my word on this one- I know break ups and bargain shopping). What you won’t see also runs the gamut from mathematical derivatives to the world’s best beer stein collections, among other topics with which I have zero experience.

What’s that you say? What do I know about making and keeping New Year’s resolutions? Turns out, a bit. For example, OmGal.com– my aforementioned site- was the product of last year’s resolution. Yes, it’s true. Check the tape. I joined Blogger during the introspective week between Christmas and New Year’s, vowed to start a blog in 2008, gave myself a cursory education on the vast, wacky world of blogging, and, presto, posted Om Gal’s first entry on January 16.

I also once vowed that I wouldn’t eat sugar, like, for an entire year, which is roughly the equivalent of Angelina Jolie swearing off future adoptions. So, that resolution crashed and burned, yet it helped me refine my strategy. Therefore, here are a few factors that I’ve identified to help maximize the success of your new found goals and aspirations:

1.) Be realistic. In hindsight, my resolution to swear off all sweets was not a recipe for success; it was more like a momentary delusion of grandeur. While lofty goals are admirable and definitely accessible, they require an approach and investment of corresponding gumption. If your heart isn’t really invested, you’ll throw in the towel well before Superbowl Sunday. Bottom line: choose a goal that you absolutely want to accomplish, one that holds meaning for you. Then, pragmatically plan your approach. If I had completed this step, I would have realized that foregoing any and all sweets for an entire year would pragmatically require hypnosis, a blindfold, and a stun gun- possibly all three.

2.) Be specific. Measurable goals are most effective. "Getting healthy" or "being less stressed" are terrible resolutions, not for the intentions they represent (which are noble and well-meaning) but for their completely nebulous nature. Opt instead to narrow your focus by striving to meditate for five minutes daily, exercise (or floss- baby steps, right?) five days a week, give up meat or soda, or schedule regular sessions with a nutritionist, personal trainer, etc. (decide the frequency in advance!). The key is to map out exactly how you will achieve your goal; break down the larger vision (e.g. lose weight) into manageable bites (no pun intended), such as lose X amount of pounds by date Y, then be sure you know your BMI, how many calories this goal requires, what your chosen form of exercise will be, and when you will do said exercise. In short, you need to quantify your goals, so that they are tangible and available to you all day, every day. You cannot run a marathon until you succeed in running 5 miles, then 7, then 10, 13 . . . you get the picture.

3.) Be patient. It’s a New Year’s resolution not a New 2-Week’s resolution. If you falter, do not miss the opportunity to refocus and begin again. Remember, you are resolving to improve your life, which is a cumulative process with no finish line, but a plethora of small and monumental victories, along the way, for all of us.

The Secret to the New Year’s Resolution

Have you always set up your New Year’s Resolution and gone into it head on to then realize achieving your goals was more difficult than you ever expected? Did you give up just a few weeks after you started? You are not alone. I see this happen all the time. Every year, I see more people show up at the gym in January. Some are in good shape and some need a lot of work. By February, I still see some people sweating on the treadmill and pumping muscle in the weights machines. By March and April, the old faces are back, the regulars.

What makes the difference between one person continuing at the gym and another giving up?

 

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Ring In The New – Seth Greenland and Susan Kaiser Greenland

 

10:02am Susan
It’s New Year’s Day, what are you throwing into the fireplace this year?

10:03am Seth
The number 8. I’m thrilled to get rid of it. 9 is so much easier to write.

10:04amSusan
Isn’t the number 8 the sign for infinity?

10:05amSeth
That’s not really my area. Along with the number 8 I will be throwing a few other things into the fire today. All of my bad qualities are going in there. It’s going to be a very big fire.

10:08amSusan
Sorry I was distracted watching/listening to  Lee Yue Heng play Auld Lang Syne on the harmonica. I love this guy.

10:09amSusan
Bad qualities? The flip sides of a person’s bad qualities are usually their best qualities, so be careful what you throw out. I’m throwing the word scarcity into the fire this year.

10:10amSeth
What happens when you burn scarcity? Does scarcity become scarce? I suppose that’s good thing. Does it translate into abundance? Or are you left with nothing but broken dreams?

10:11amSusan
You’re left with a different perspective – view the glass as half full and it is half full.

10:13amSeth
Yeah, glasses with some water in it…definitely a sign of abundance. I have hunger pains just thinking about it.

10:14amSusan
The trap is focusing on the water in the glass rather than the rest – there’s a world of possibility in the air for 2009.

10:15amSeth
Nice save of a really moldy metaphor. Hard to find good metaphors, though. Are all the good metaphors taken? We need new metaphors for this new era, don’t you think? Death to cliche, right? There’s a softball for you.

10:17amSusan
That reminds me, I need to throw all those old metaphors, and clichés while I’m at it, into the fire today.

10:17amSeth
I think your fire is going to be encroaching on my fire. Between my bad qualities and your cliches, I think we might burn the house down. Here’s my real New Year’s resolution. I am trying to lose my title of World’s Most Boring Man.

10:18amSusan
And mine, to hold onto the title of World’s Most Boring Woman.

10:18amSeth
No worries there. Happy New Year!

Written by Seth Greenland & Susan Kaiser Greenland from Mindful Mom

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